Bryce Harper Turned Down $300 Million Contract From Nationals

Bryce Harper

Now that Harper is officially a free agent, he can negotiate with any team. Giancarlo Stanton's 2014 deal, which guaranteed him $325 million over 13 seasons, was an extension.

Nightengale now says that the Dodgers aren't interested in Harper, and the Cubs, ironically, seemed to put a dent in their chances to be able to afford Harper when they exercised Cole Hamels' $20 million option for 2019 last week.

Free agent Major League Baseball superstar Bryce Harper turned down an offer from his current team, the Washington Nationals, that would have made him one of the highest-paid players in U.S.

Harper has attention from several teams as the Phillies and White Sox have publicly admitted interest, even at a high price. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Mike Rizzo acknowledged Tuesday his team can not afford to wait around.

"It behooves us to have an expiration date", Rizzo told reporters Tuesday, an indication the Nationals are prepared to move on in their plans without Harper because, as one person familiar with the situation said, they "can't have $300 million dangling out there for months".

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"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to signing Harper]", Rizzo said.

Without casting doubt on any of these reports, it's important to remember how quickly things can change in free-agency, especially as we approach the Winter Meetings, which will begin on December 9 in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas. He's looking to land something worth $400 million, which would be the richest baseball contract ever, by far. "But I'm uncomfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". His clients include Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, and former Nats outfielder Jayson Werth.

The Nationals have removed their 10-year, $300 million offer, but still remain hopeful they can keep Harper in town.

Given Harper's history with the Nationals, he seems unlikely to make a deal elsewhere without first circling back.

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